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Classes & Ensembles

At SFCM, we encourage collaboration and conversation, sparking the artistic and intellectual engines that make learning worthwhile and engaging. Discover your talent and feed your mind through our Continuing Education classes!

A non-refundable $25 registration fee will be charged once per term.

SFCM Pre-College Students playing string instruments

Continuing Education

Classes and Ensembles

Music Theory & Music Appreciation

 

 

The Playful Prodigy: Mozart’s Life and Music

Instructor: Harry Whitney
Dates: 5:30 - 7 PM on Tuesdays from September 28 through December 7 (no class November 23) (10 classes)

Location: ONLINE
Cost: $325

This class provides a look at the life, work, and legacy of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. We will learn about the man behind the music, and hear his masterpieces in every genre. We will explore his remarkable career that began as a six-year old prodigy, and ended with his premature death at age thirty-five.

This class is equally appropriate for a music lover with no previous study experience, or a more seasoned student looking to step back and admire one of the most talented composers in history!

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Introduction to Music Theory (MUS101)

Instructor: Harry Whitney

Dates: 5:30 - 7 PM on Wednesdays from September 29 through December 8 (no class November 24) (10 classes)

Location: Online

Cost: $325

Introduction to Music Theory will give students the tools to connect music theory concepts to the repertoire they love. This class will begin with a review of music notation; from there we will discuss scales, keys, harmonic tension and release, and short musical forms, with the ultimate aim of understanding how a composer’s technique connects to the communicative and emotional power of music. We will explore how the understanding of theory can enhance a musician’s creativity and interpretive abilities.

No prior music theory experience necessary!

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Apply Your Music Theory (MUS201)

Instructor: Harry Whitney
Dates: 7:30 - 9 PM on Tuesdays from September 28 through December 7 (no class November 23) (10 classes)

Location: Online

Cost: $325

Apply Your Music Theory is perfect for a student continuing studies, or perhaps wanting to brush up on work from years past. This class will begin with a look at figured harmony and the cadential 6-4; from there we will do a deep dive into tonicization and modulation. We will discuss how composers change keys, and suggest different keys in their music. Students will analyze select works from the classical music canon with the ultimate aim of understanding how a composer’s technique connects to the communicative and emotional power of music. We will explore how the understanding of theory can enhance a musician’s creativity and interpretive abilities.

Prior knowledge of music theory is recommended. The ability to read music, and a good working understanding of keys and scales will enhance a student’s enjoyment of this course. Please contact Harry Whitney at hwhitney@sfcm.edu to see if this class would be a good fit for you.

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Harmony an Analysis Workshop (MUS301)

Instructor: Harry Whitney
Dates: 7:30 - 9 PM on Wednesdays from September 29 through December 8 (no class November 24) (10 classes)
Location: Online

Cost: $325

This workshop provides students an opportunity to apply analysis skills learned in class to a wide range of repertoire, either student- or instructor-selected. We will all get to appreciate excellent music together as a group. All students will see how composers through the ages use principles of dissonance and resolution of dissonance to create musical meaning. In addition to studying repertoire, there will also be a chance to discuss four-part writing following the classical rules of voice-leading. Students will have breakout sessions in small groups, and the opportunity to present a final project at the end of the semester.

Prerequisite: Completion of Level 100 or 200 of Music Theory, or contact Harry Whitney at hwhitney@sfcm.edu to see if this class would be a good fit for you.

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Guitar & Ukulele 

 

 

Community Guitar Ensemble
Instructor: Scott Cmiel

Dates: 5:30 - 6:30 PM on Saturdays from September 18 through November 20 (10 classes)
Location: In-Person at SFCM

Cost: $250

Community Guitar Ensemble consists of guitarists interested in performing ensemble works in a wide range of musical styles from the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Modern periods. Under the direction of Scott Cmiel, the guitar ensemble will prepare for a virtual performance at the end of the semester.

Each member will be assigned one of four parts and play together in a section with others playing the same part. We want players of all levels to be able to participate so while some members will play difficult music others will have their parts adjusted so they can play beautifully and with an expressive interpretation. Everyone is asked to learn their part before each meeting so during rehearsal we can work on the interpretation of each piece.

There is no need to be a virtuoso - good tone, good memory, and enthusiastic attitude are all that’s required.

If you have any questions about the orchestra please contact Scott Cmiel at scott.cmiel@sfcm.edu

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Ukulele Jam! Paths to Mastery

Instructor: Mark Simons

Dates: 6 - 7:30 PM on Tuesdays from September 14 through November 16 (10 classes)

Location: Online

Cost: $325

The ukulele has once again become immensely popular and for very good reason! It’s compact, easily transportable, harmonically rich, delightful & enchanting and has just four strings-which make it easy to learn, take anywhere, and pleasant to enjoy alone or with others! The ukulele makes a delightful accompaniment instrument but, as numerous contemporary ukulele virtuosos prove, it is also very capable and delightful on it’s own.

We will learn several strumming and fingerpicking patterns, build and develop a basic chord and single note vocabulary and apply this to easy songs and enjoyable short pieces in a variety of styles. Student suggestions re: style, artist, song, etc., are always welcome.

The “Jam” part comes in where the class will stay open to what each individual in our unique group needs and is interested in and how we can most fruitfully work on this together as well as individually.

No prior experience needed though ALL levels are welcome along our shared path!

To inquire if this class may be a good fit for you, please contact Mark Simons at msimons@sfcm.edu

Required Text: Ukulele Method, Complete Edition by Horne, Aisenberg, and Ho, ISBN: 978-1470617684

Requirements: acoustic soprano, concert, or tenor ukulele, tuner, music manuscript notebook, and ability to print or visibly display PDFs while also being visible to everyone in Zoom sessions.

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Classical Guitar Workshop

Instructor: Mark Simons

Dates: 6 - 7:30 PM on Thursdays from September 16 through November 18 (10 classes)

Location: ONLINE

Cost: $325

Develop your classical guitar technique, musical understanding, and artistic depth on the guitar!

Topics this class will cover: Review and strengthening of fundamentals, tone production, stroke types, flamenco techniques, effective practice tactics, exploring repertoire, ragueados, Latin guitar music, applying classical techniques to non-classical genres, performance prep, duets, accompaniment and much more.

Students will receive detailed individual attention and there will be numerous opportunities for student questions.

No prior experience is needed though ALL levels are welcome!

To inquire if this class may be a good fit for you, please contact Mark Simons at msimons@sfcm.edu

Requirements: acoustic instrument preferred, tuner, music stand, music manuscript notebook, and ability to print or visibly display PDFs while also being visible to everyone in Zoom sessions.

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Cello

Cello Seminar

Instructor: Barbara Wirth
Dates: 3 - 4:30 PM every other Sunday from September 12 through December 5 (7 classes)

Location: Online
Cost: $250

In this seminar we will prepare 3 works mutually selected. Each student will take a different movement and perform for each class in a supportive environment where we discuss preparation ideas

Students should be comfortable reading music in tenor and treble clefs and have some experience with thumb position.

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Piano

 

Beginning Piano: From Middle C to Mozart

Instructor: Jacqueline Chew
Dates: 7:30 - 9 PM on Thursdays from September 16 through November 18 (10 classes)
Location: Online
Cost: $325

Learn to read music and how to construct chords and major scales. Put it all together and you will be able to play simple classical pieces and melodies with added chords!

Students must have access to a personal keyboard or piano during online classes. Class limited to 8 students.

Required Text: Keyboard Strategies – Master Text, Vol.I, by Stecher and Horowitz.
ISBN: 9780793552917

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Next Steps at the Piano

Instructor: Jacqueline Chew
Dates: 6 - 7:30 PM on Thursdays from September 16 through November 18 (10 classes)
Location: Online
Cost: $325

Continuing from Beginning Piano, add seventh chords (4-note chords) and minor scales to your repertoire, polish scales and rhythm, and choose your favorite pieces to play! There will be an informal performance at the final class.

Students must have access to a personal keyboard or piano during online classes. Class limited to 8 students.

Required Text: Keyboard Strategies – Master Text, Vol.I, by Stecher and Horowitz.
ISBN: 9780793552917

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Piano Solo Repertory - Mondays

Instructor: Jacqueline Chew
Dates: 6 - 7:30 PM on Mondays from September 13 through November 22 (no class on November 8) (10 classes)
Location: Online
Cost: $325

Pianists will work on solo repertoire of their choice. Selection of solo should precede the first class.

Classes 1 - 5 will be devoted to repertoire analysis and practice techniques.
Classes 6 - 7 will focus on performance preparation, with an online performance opportunity.
Classes 9 - 10, work on new repertoire will begin.

Students must have access to a personal piano or keyboard during online classes. Class limited to 6 students.

“Now I feel less intimidated when I meet a piece of music that initially seems beyond my comprehension. Instead, I am curious.” Eun-Young Kim, pianist from Master Class: 21st Century Music.

Prerequisite: Completion of a prior Piano Repertory class or with instructor approval – jchew@sfcm.edu

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Piano Solo Repertory - Wednesdays

Instructor: Jacqueline Chew
Dates: 6 - 7:30 PM on Wednesdays from September 15 through November 17 (10 classes)
Location: Online
Cost: $325

Pianists will work on solo repertoire of their choice. Selection of solo should precede the first class.

Classes 1 - 5 will be devoted to repertoire analysis and practice techniques.
Classes 6 - 7 will focus on performance preparation, with a final performance on Wednesday, November 3rd.
Classes 9 - 10, study of new solos begins.

It is helpful if pianists are familiar with major and minor keys, triads and seventh chords, and key signatures. Students must have access to a personal keyboard or piano during online classes. Limit 6 pianists.

Repertoire level: Bach Two-part Invention, classical sonatinas, Chopin Waltz in A minor, etc.

Prerequisite: Completion of Piano II or with instructor approval – jchew@sfcm.edu

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Voice

Vocal Performance - In Person Session

Instructor: Krista Wigle
Dates: 6 - 7:30 PM on Wednesdays from September 15 through December 8 (no class November 24) (12 classes)
Location: In-Person at SFCM
Cost: $450

This class explores the many performance aspects of vocal music in a supportive and positive atmosphere. We are offering online and in-person (vaccinations and masks required) classes. The emphasis is on opera, art song, and musical theater, but other genres are welcome. We work on interpretation, language, technique, vocal science, drama, text, and many other aspects of this incredible art form. Students should be prepared to perform each class (memorization preferred) and can choose to work on one or more songs throughout the entire session.

An SFCM pianist will be available to accompany at all in-person classes. The series culminates in a recorded performance in the SFCM Recital Hall. Social distancing and safety measures for all rehearsals and performances will be carefully monitored.

This class is available only to amateurs and semi-professional students with singing experience: at least 3 years of private lessons are required.

Enrollment is limited to 10 students.

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Vocal Performance - Virtual Session

Instructor: Krista Wigle
Dates: Dates: 5:30 - 7 PM on Thursdays from September 16 through December 9 (no class November 25) (12 classes)
Location: Online
Cost: $450

This class explores the many performance aspects of vocal music in a supportive and positive atmosphere. We are offering online and in-person (vaccinations and masks required) classes. The emphasis is on opera, art song, and musical theater, but other genres are welcome. We work on interpretation, language, technique, vocal science, drama, text, and many other aspects of this incredible art form. Students should be prepared to perform each class (memorization preferred) and can choose to work on one or more songs throughout the entire session.

An SFCM pianist will be available for two private sessions for accompaniment recordings and coachings. The series culminates in an online showcase featuring the performances of all online participants.

This class is available only to amateurs and semi-professional students with singing experience: at least 3 years of private lessons are required.

Enrollment is limited to 10 students.

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